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LaughFest names lineup for Holland and Lowell

December 20, 2013
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Gilda’s LaughFest 2013 resulted in 20,000 additional visits to Grand Rapids and generated $4 million in spending in the city. Photo via

Gilda’s LaughFest said Friday that Holland and Lowell would once again get in on the “festival of laughter,” with a set of shows taking place in both cities during the comedy festival.

The Holland shows will feature Christian comic Jeff Allen, Kids Joke Night, Holland Chorale, Klompen Comedy, Laughter Yoga and community showcases.

The Lowell shows will feature PJ Walsh, Kids Joke Night, Laughter Yoga and community showcases.

LaughFest 2014 will run from March 6-16.

“Over the last few years, the programming we’ve had in Holland and Lowell has grown in popularity,” said Joanne Roehm, LaughFest festival director. “As a result, we’re excited to bring more great entertainers to these communities, and we’ve diversified the types of performances offered.”

Holland performances

Allen will perform at Hope College’s Dimnent Chapel on March 15 at 7 p.m.

He has performed for more than three decades, and his standup show combines clean humor with inspiration. Allen centers much of his performance on marriage and living with teenagers. He has been featured on Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” and VH1’s “Standup Spotlight.” His one-hour special, “Happy Wife, Happy Life,” aired on the Odyssey Channel and Family Net, and he has performed at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen and the Montreal Just for Laughs International Comedy Festival.

The Holland Chorale, with guests the Holland Windmill Chorus and the West Michigan Savoyards, will perform funny songs at Holland’s First Church on March 8 at 1 p.m.

Known for its “soul-stirring music,” the Holland Chorale has been performing in the West Michigan community for more than 50 years and features singers from the communities of Holland, Zeeland, Hamilton, South Haven, Hudsonville, Jenison, Grandville, Grand Rapids and Grand Haven. The Holland Chorale has also performed a solo concert at Carnegie Hall.

Klompen Comedy performances will take place on March 8 and 15 at 8 p.m. in Macatawa Bank’s Community Room and are free.

Klompen Comedy, produced by Holland native Alex Ritzema, is a standup comedy showcase, which will feature comics who each display a uniquely humorous talent.

Lowell performances

Walsh, whose comedic style uses physical humor to get the attention of audience members, will perform at Lowell High School Performing Arts Center on March 8 at 7 p.m.

Walsh is a veteran of the U.S. Navy who spent several years touring with the stars of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour. He has performed on celebrated stages, including Radio City Music Hall, Universal Amphitheater and the Ryman Auditorium, with legends such as Bill Engvall, Larry the Cable Guy, Ron White and Jeff Foxworthy.


Additionally, Kids Joke Nights will be held at Lowell's Englehardt Public Library on March 11 at 6 p.m. and at Holland's Herrick District Library on March 15 at 1 p.m.

Kids Joke Night allows children in fifth grade and younger to take the stage and tell jokes. The shows are free to attend.

Children who wish to perform are encouraged to sign up online.

More free events

Other free events being held during LaughFest in Holland and Lowell include Laughter Yoga and amateur and late night standup comedy community showcases.

Locations, times and dates of the events will be announced in the coming weeks and posted online.


Individual tickets for all LaughFest shows will be available on Jan. 10 at, by calling 800-745-3000 or at the Van Andel Arena or DeVos Place box offices. 

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